Value of my degree
Some degree courses prepare students for specific careers - think of medicine, law and engineering – whilst some link to a broader range of career options. Not all graduates from vocational courses, however, choose to follow the career path indicated by their degree title, and, as with graduates from non-vocational courses, the skills and experiences gained during their course of study are in demand for many graduate level jobs. As employers are often interested in graduates from any degree course, it is worth thinking about your degree, what you have gained from it, and where this might lead you.
The graduates on this website reflect on the value that they have got from their degree and how this relates to their current situation.
Remember that there are three main ways in which your degree can help you even if it does not lead directly to a particular job or career:
1. Many employers recruit graduates regardless of their degree subject so your degree is a useful qualification to get you over that first hurdle. It shows that you can study at a high level consistently over several years and achieve success.
2. Your degree will involve accruing knowledge of a particular subject discipline together with the appropriate discipline skills. So, for example, your study of geography, and knowledge of landscapes and how these are formed plus your data collection and analytical skills, would be useful for a career in rural planning or surveying.
3. Your study will also require you to develop a broader range of skills and attributes. For example, you will probably have worked as part of a team during your degree and made presentations, and you will almost certainly have worked to deadlines and under pressure. Sometimes you don’t realise that you are developing these attributes but they are all required in a range of careers.
Further help & information
- Work placement made a massive difference
- Employers look for well rounded graduates
- Talk to lecturers about the industry
- Year abroad helped to develop my career idea
- Degree developed my transferable skills
- Degree module helped me secure a promotion
- Year abroad had biggest impact on my career
- Getting a 1st helped my career the most
- University experience opened up career options
- Degree subject was the most important part of my university experience
- Degree directly linked with my career aspirations
- Feel more knowledgeable after university